Jim Berg

PRO

Real Estate Professional with RE/MAX Results Eden Prairie

  • Local Expert 1,527 points
  • Reviews 55
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About Me

As the founder of the JB Team, Jim has taken the lead in the Twin Cities with his extensive use of technology. Jim gained valuable experience as CEO of Global Systems, an internet marketing and web presence technology provider. Using his marketing and programming background, Jim created several real estate based technology services and was the key developer for "Unique Homes" Magazine's online presence. His expertise resulted in providing assistance to over 650 Realtors, helping them market and sell their client's properties.

As a life-long resident of Minnesota, Jim saw a desperate need for advanced real estate service in the Twin Cities Metro, both in terms of helping seller's take advantage of the best marketing plan to get their homes sold, and in assisting buyers with advanced MLS and neighborhood technology to help in the buying process.

My Expertise

Residential Sales, Buyer & Seller Representation, First-Time Buyers, High-Tech Sellers Marketing, Luxury Home Sales, Lake Property, Relocation, Condo, Towhnomes, New Construction

My Awards

Minneapolis/St.Paul "Super Agent" Award
REMAX 100% Club
Marketing Awards
Internet Technology Awards

My Designations

National Association of REALTORS ®
Minnesota Association of REALTORS ®
Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS ®
CDPE ® Certified Distressed Property Expert

My Groups & Associations

Business Networks, NAAR, MAAR, REALTOR®,

My Service Locations

Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Scott County

Office

11200 West 78th Street, Eden Prairie -- Serving from over 15 Metro Locations (Google map)

Websites

Local Links

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Year Round Fun & the Log Theater Too!"

Founded in 1956, Greenwood is located just 20 minutes west of Minneapolis, Minnesota on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Greenwood residents enjoy our close proximity to the lake for our year-round fun -- including boating, waterskiing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and skating. A regional trail winds along the west side of the city and is a favorite of bikers and walkers. Greenwood also is home to the famous Old Log Theater, www.oldlog.com.

We invite you to come enjoy our beautiful city on the lake.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
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"Quiet Small Town Feel"

St. Bonifacius is centered around Minnesota State Highway 7 and County Road 92, and located 25 miles west of Minneapolis. It is part of the Waconia School District. The population is about 2,300. "St. Boni" is completely surrounded by the city of Minnetrista.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Home to Three Lake Minnetonka Islands"

Shorewood residents enjoy the beauty of open space and wetlands and active recreation in over 101 acres of parkland. Bikers, hikers and walkers enjoy the LRT trail which runs through Shorewood and stretches from Hopkins to Victoria.

The city has developed a trail plan to connect the LRT, businesses and parks in the city. Summer programs offer fun and learning for residents of all ages. Winter gets heated up with Arctic Fever, a tri-community event offering non-stop activities. With all Shorewood has to offer, residents have many recreational choices. Whether it’s an impromptu picnic or a planned event, Shorewood's facilities provide a welcoming environment.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
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"The heart of Lake Minnetonka"

A beautiful area of Lake Minnetonka surrounded by several bays of the lake. You'll find stunning lake homes with great views.

Horticulturist Peter Gideon claimed 160 acres in what would become Tonka Bay. Here he propagated the "Wealthy" apple, named for his wife Wealthy Hull. Another early settler of the area was Stephen Hull. He made the first channel connecting the lower and upper lakes of Lake Minnetonka, named Hull's Narrows. It was located south of the present-day narrows, along the present day West Point Road.
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"Small Town Charm"

Spring Lake Park is an established residential community of small town charm and friendly folks, located ten miles north of Minneapolis in the counties of Anoka and Ramsey, with a variety of commercial and industrial development. The City of Spring Lake Park consists of approximately 2.1 square miles with six community parks offering many types of recreational activities, access to neighboring communities and the metro area by major highways.

Spring Lake Park is named after one of its two lakes; Spring Lake, which is located at the southeast corner of the city. In December of 1953, Spring Lake Park was incorporated by referendum which included a very small part of Ramsey County, due to the fact that the Fire Department that was located in Ramsey County and bore the name Spring Lake Park. At the time of the incorporation the population of Spring Lake Park was approximately 960, and has grown to its present population of 6,805.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
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"Northwestern Twin Cities Suburb"

The City of Dayton is located in northwest Hennepin County, with a small section located in extreme eastern Wright County. The City is approximately 30 square miles in size with a population just under 5,000.
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"Where is the Lee Park Neighborhood?"

Located in the southeast corner of the City east of Highway 100 and south of 36th Ave. N.
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"What are the borders of the Valley Place Neighborhood?"

Surrounds Valley Place Park and is situated east of Winnetka Ave. N., north of 27th Ave. N., west of Douglas Drive and south of 36th Ave. N.
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"Where is Winnetka Hills?"

Located in the southwest corner of the City, west of Winnetka Ave N.
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"Home to City Hall"

Home to City Hall and Hagemeister Pond, situated west of Douglas Drive, south of Rockford Road and north of 36th Ave N.
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"Where is the Fair Neighborhood Located?"

One of Crystal's smaller neighborhoods, situated south of Rockford Road, east of Douglas Drive and north of 36th Avenue N.
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"Where is the Cavanagh Oaks Neighborhood?"

Surrounds Cavanagh Elementary School situated east of West Broadway and west of Twin Lakes
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
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"Home to the Community Center"

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"Where is the Twin Oaks Neighborhood?"

Adjacent to Twin Lakes and immediately south of Bass Lake Road and east of CR 81.
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"Where is the Becker Neighborhood?"

Includes Becker Park and Crystal Shopping Center, the City's major commercial center. Bounded by Bass Lake Road on the north, and CR 81 on the east.
4/5
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"Where is the Skyway Neighborhood?"

Surrounds Crystal Airport and is bounded by CR 81 on the west and Bass Lake Road on the south.
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"Where is Lions Park Neighborhood?"

Includes Lions Parks and is situated north of Bass Lake Road between West Broadway and CR 81.
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"Where is Broadway?"

Located in the northwest corner of the City, bounded by Bass Lake Road on the south and West Broadway on the east.
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"Where is the Forest Area of Crystal?"

Situated in the middle of the City, located west of Douglas Drive and north of Rockford Road.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"What's CARAG?"

The Calhoun-Isles Community consists of the following neighborhoods: Bryn-Mawr, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, Kenwood, Cedar/Isles/Dean, East isles, CARAG, East Calhoun (ECCO) and West Calhoun.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Eclectic and Wonderful:)"

This great neighborhood can be found between the South shores of Lake Calhoun and the West side of Lake Harriet in SW Minneapolis. Often referred to as "a small town in the City" Linden Hills represents ecletic urban living.

The business districts offer a variety of shopping and dining you can't find any where else. Folks love to browse the locally-owned stores that remind you of the past.
Pros
  • Mpls City Trolley
  • 50 Miles of Public Paths
  • Shopping at 43rd & Upton
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Take a Drive"

This is an area I just love to drive or bike through. It's one of my favorite areas of Minneapolis.

Tangletown is a neighborhood in the Southwest community of Minneapolis. The neighborhood was officially known as Fuller until 1996 when it was changed to the present name, which reflects the winding streets in the neighborhood that do not conform to the regular street grid of South Minneapolis. The neighborhood boundaries are 46th Street to the north, Interstate 35W to the east, Diamond Lake Road to the south, and Lyndale Avenue South to the west.

The Washburn Park Water Tower is located at the highest point in the neighborhood, while Minnehaha Creek runs through the south side of the neighborhood. Washburn High School is located in this neighborhood.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Large Residential Lots & Variety of Housing Options"

Mounds View is a stunning suburb with easy access to both Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is known for its large residential lots, plus a variety of housing options to meet all needs and dreams, a strong school system, which offers education to everyone from preschoolers to seniors, numerous parks and a beautiful community center.

The Mounds View Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department provides recreational, educational, social and cultural programs for residents of all ages.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Find Your Rambler Here"

The city of Richfield, once lush farmland, is a first-ring suburb whose growth took off after World War Two as GIs returned from the war and bought their first homes on the GI bill. Hence much of the housing is comprised of ramblers or story-and-half bungalows built in the 50s. Richfield remains an affordable close-in community and therefore a lure to first-time homebuyers. Bounded by the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on the east and Edina on the west, Richfield is a great location and close to just about everything!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Bustling Northwest Suburb"

Maple Grove is located 17 miles north of the Minneapolis Metropolitan area in Hennepin County. Maple Grove is a rapidly growing community with a population of over 54,000 people, making it an excellent place to live and work.
Maple Grove is a bustling northwestern suburb of Minneapolis with approximately 50,000 residents. The city has seen rapid growth in the past several years and has responded with the new Maple Grove Hospital, Maple Grove Library and the several shopping areas.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Sixth Largest City in Minnesota"

Brooklyn Park, the sixth largest city in the state, has a diverse makeup, one of lowest median ages and room to grow.

Always working to make itself an inviting place to live and work, Brooklyn Park has taken on the mission to be “a thriving community inspiring pride where opportunity exists for all.”

With more than 1700 acres of parks and recreation centers, which offer picnic areas, ice skating, golf and various other activities—not to mention a new dog park!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"On the Banks of the Mississippi"

Brooklyn Center, located on the banks of the Mississippi River, is one of the oldest inner-ring suburbs of Minneapolis, yet it still offers many buildable sites for both residential and commercial use. Brooklyn Center also boasts 522 acres of parks with numerous recreational programs for kids, the Earle Brown Heritage Center, and the headquarters of Caribou Coffee. With great plans for its future, including redevelopment of the old Brookdale cite and a new FBI field office.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"On the River"

Coon Rapids is located on the Mississippi River 20 minutes north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and is the metropolitan area's gateway to the northern part of the state. Coon Rapids is 23 square miles and is located in Anoka County.

Residents enjoy shopping at Riverdale Crossing, 850 acres of parks, Coon Rapids Dam, Several hockey rinks, Bunker Hills Golf Course and Mississippi River views. Due to the Northstar Light Rail Station, the commute from Coon Rapids to Minneapolis is better than ever.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Small Town Spirit"

Hopkins is located 20 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County. Hopkins offers the advantages and conveniences of a large city but with the security of a small town.

Hopkins has an enriched spirit of community by remaining a place where people are treated with respect; the community participates in building culture, character and common bonds; a vibrant city center is maintained; people feel safe, support outstanding schools and celebrate quality parks, housing and public services.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Cool City... Cute Downtown"

Mound is a really cool city on the western side of Lake Minnetonka. It has a cute downtown area with a Caribou Coffee, the Dakota Trail for biking or hiking and a big parking ramp for those commuting via bus to downtown Minneapolis.

In downtown Mound don't forget to vist Scotty B's restaurant, John's Variety and Pets or Kirby's Bait Shop.

"The Island", is a well-known portion of Mound completely surrounded by Lake Minnetonka.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"North-Woods Feel"

North Oaks was first developed in 1956 as a gated community, but today it is a privately owned community with all streets and lands maintained by the North Oaks Home Owners Association. Although it has its own mayor and city council, the city itself does not own any property. About 4500 people reside in North Oaks, living in high-end homes on large lots with a north-woods feel.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Room to Expand"

Rosemount is located 15 miles south of the Twin Cities and the International Airport in Dakota County. Rosemount is a close-knit community that is in touch with the urban environments. Rosemount is a community that is rich with resources: undeveloped land, easy access to Minneapolis, St. Paul and other major areas; quality education and friendly residents. Unusual for a city of it’s size (population of 17,293 people and 36-square miles), Rosemount combines industry, ag and residential.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Biz, Arts, Parks & Pubs"

Downtown St. Paul is not only an arts, entertainment, and business hub, but is also home to over 8,000 residents who enjoy living in close proximity to the Mississippi River, Rice and Mears Parks, and the community festivals that inhabit those parks every season.

One of St. Paul’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, Lowertown boasts historic buildings, a vibrant arts community, and the popular St. Paul Farmers’ Market. All downtown residents are within minutes of every part of the Twin Cities with great freeway access.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Great Accessibility for Commuters"

Woodbury is a carefully planned suburb of approximately 58,000 residents located between St. Paul and the Wisconsin border. Although it is home to many corporations, large commercial districts and a fine hospital, convenient freeway access makes Woodbury a favorite commuter city.

Originally a farming community, Woodbury quickly turned residential with the building boom of the 1950s. Despite the rapid growth of the city, there are many new developments and buildable land is available.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"On The Bluffs"

Mendota Heights is a first quality suburb sprawling the bluff that overlooks the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. And according to Wikipedia, the median income for Mendota Heights residents is one of the highest in the nation. The city is within minutes of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Downtown St. Paul and the Mall of America, offering an easy commute to almost anywhere. It offers thirteen parks, 21 miles of trails and just about every activity available.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Scenic Views from Lola's on Waconia"

If you'd like to enjoy your lunch or dinner overlooking beautiful Lake Waconia... I'd suggest a visit to Lola's.

Waconia is a growing community of 10,600 people located just 30 minutes west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in an area popular with visitors for the many lakes, parks and enjoyable destinations within easy reach. The City is nestled next to scenic Lake Waconia and offers residents a healthy environment as well as growing economic development, strong schools and excellent health care facilities.
Pros
  • Lake-side Dining
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Looking to Spread Out?"

Sunfish Lake is a small community located south of Twin Cities, but within the metropolitan area. The town is exclusively residential, with fewer than 550 residents, and has chosen to remain rural. Because the minimum lot size is 2.5 acres, most of the homes have their own wells and private septic systems, and many of the homes overlook one of the three private lakes in the community.
Pros
  • 2.5 Acre Lot Requirements
  • Quiet & Beautiful
Cons
  • Priviate Wells and Septic Systems
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Great Lake Community with Cool History!"

If you live in Prior Lake, chances are good there's a neighborhood park not too far away. Community parks like Lakefront, the Ponds, Ryan and Memorial get a lot of the attention, and rightfully so; but residents also love the smaller parks.

In the Prior Lake park and trail system, there are 38 neighborhood parks with assorted amenities such as picnic shelters, ball fields, play equipment, trails and basketball courts.
There are also several natural resource parks, where outdoor enthusiasts can go to get away amid the wonders of nature.

The City of Prior Lake operates two swimming beaches on Prior Lake for the public to enjoy. Sand Point Beach and Watzl's Point Beach offer sandy beaches and designated swim areas.

The beaches typically are open Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on the weather and staffing.

A "Cool" History...

Covered by ancient seas, the area of what is now Minnesota emerged during a period of general uplifting nearly 100 million years ago. About 70 million years ago a deep valley started to be eroded into this emerged land. The valley gradually widened until it included the present upper and lower Prior Lake, Spring Lake, southwest to Lake Sutton and beyond. The sandstone was eroded to 350 feet beneath the present lake.

During the Ice Age, the glaciers filled in this ancient valley. Compaction left a long depression where the present lakes were formed. Much of the topography of the Prior Lake area was created by the most recent of the ice sheets.

As this glacier melted, vast amounts of melt water and glacial deposits left behind formed the land forms we now see around us -- including Prior Lake. This glacial debris included many large rocks, called erratics, including the “Big Rock” called Tun-Can by the Indians, in the northwest part of Prior Lake as well as most of those decorative granite rocks that we see in many of our front yards.

From 1870 to the 1920s there was little growth in Prior Lake. It was primarily a farming community that attracted summer residents along its shores and at the Grainwood Hotel. The 1920s to 1950s saw Prior Lake as a typical small American town experiencing the major events surrounding two World Wars. From World War II to 1960, Prior Lake experienced moderate growth with the lake being a major recreational facility. From 1960 to present, Prior Lake experienced great growth, becoming a suburban/bedroom community with the lake and Hwy. 13 development as the greatest catalyst for growth.

It's a wonderful community to live and work!
Pros
  • Offering Over 54 Parks, 100 miles of Trail
  • Wonderful Native Americal History
  • Fun at the Casinos!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"Resort Community History"

Minnetrista, Dakota for “crooked waters,” aptly describes the coastline this city follows along the western shores of Lake Minnetonka. The 32 square miles of the city are made up of farmland, prairies, wetlands and many beautiful neighborhoods that have sprung up in this western suburb over the last ten years. Once a resort community, Minnetrista still offers its residents an abundance of outdoor activities with many lakes and numerous parks. It also features access to the Luce Line bike trail system.
Pros
  • Farms, Prairies, and Wetlands
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Plymouth Rocks!"

Like many of the Twin Cities’ suburbs, Plymouth has a history that began in farming and added tourism at the turn of the century as the cities grew and city-livers sought retreat at nearby lakes.

Today nearly 72,000 people call Plymouth home, and it is still growing. Located about twelve miles northwest of Minneapolis, it has a large commercial base and offers more than 50,000 jobs. Plymouth has 1200-plus acres of park land, 136 miles of trails and it is a strong sports and rec community.
Pros
  • Large Commercial Base & 50,000 Jobs
  • Over 1200 acres of Parks
  • Stong Sports & Rec Community
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"Fast Growing Savage"

The city of Savage, which started as trading post and progressed to a railroad and lumber town, is now one of the fastest growing communities in Scott County. The city has a fascinating history which includes a crash landing by Charles Lindbergh before he became famous and the world renowned race horse, Dan Patch, who achieved a world’s record for the mile at the Minnesota State Fair in 1906 and held it for 54 years. The townspeople so loved the horse's owner, they named the city after him.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"AKA: The Beach"

Minnetonka Beach or, simply, “The Beach,” as it is affectionately called by its residents, is a small peninsula of land that juts into Lake Minnetonka. Minnetonka Beach was the original site of Hotel Lafayette, a James J. Hill endeavor, which was destroyed by two fires and twice rebuilt as the Lafayette Club. Today, with fewer than 300 acres to its name, Minnetonka Beach is a unique enclave enjoyed by approximately 625 residents.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"First Ring NW Suburb"

Golden Valley is a first ring Northwest suburb of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. It is located between interstate 394 and Highway 55 and is a 10-15 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis and a 35-minute commute from Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport. Golden Valley has more than 1,035 acres dedicated to parks and open space. The city maintains nearly 47 miles of trails as well as numerous ball fields, courts, and activity areas.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"Friendly Fridley:)"

“Friendly Fridley,” as this northern first-ring suburb is known, is one of the first stops on the Northstar Commuter Rail. The city is sprinkled with lakes, bounded on the west by the Mississippi River, and dotted with parks. Fridley is also home to the Medtronic Corporation.

Most importantly, Fridley is home to the greatest Sushi and Korean Restaurant in the world, King's Restaurant. Stop by for the great lunch buffet or for dinner. You'll be glad to did either way.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Voted Top Places to Live"

Eagan is endless for recreation having 54 parks and 1,370 acres for you to discover.

Eagan is another southern suburb of the Twin Cities with easy access to the airport and both city centers. This bedroom community has a rural feel to its neighborhoods, yet it offers numerous parks, ample shopping and dining experiences, an art festival and one of the largest community, outdoor water parks called Cascade Bay.

In 2006, 2008 and 2010 Eagan was voted one of the top places to live in Money Magazine.
Pros
  • Voted Top City in 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Cascade Bay Water Park
  • Close to MSP Airport
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Lakeshore Hamlet"

As a real estate agent, some of the most beautiful homes I've been able to work with are located in Deephaven. With the "average" home sale price of $818K you can find a pretty fantastic property here!

Deephaven, one of the many little hamlets that dot the shores of Lake Minnetonka, is less than 25 minutes from Minneapolis. Within its tiny frame of two square miles, Deephaven offers 76 acres of parkland and six beaches and is home to the Minnetonka Yacht Club, founded in 1882.

“Main Street,” along Minnetonka Boulevard, presents a delightful array of small shops and restaurants. Within Deephaven you will find 6 beaches with Deephaven beach being the largest.
Pros
  • The General Store!
  • 6 City Beaches
  • MN Yacht Club
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Charming Chaska"

With the addition of the New Hwy 212 Extension through the west metro... there is a lot of interest growing with Chaska. New homes and neighborhoods are cropping up and it is fast becoming one of the Twin City's hottest markets.

The charming town of Chaska, perched on the bluffs above the Minnesota River Valley, has a deeply rooted Native American history.

Voted Top 10 Best City by Money Magazine. It is believed that Chaska was first settled by the Mound Builders. In fact, Ancient burial mounds are visible in the town square. The name, Chaska, is a variation of a Dakota word meaning “first born.”

Chaska is home to Hazeltine, a world class gold club, and also the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Great small town feel.
Pros
  • MN River Calley
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"6th Largest Twin City Suburb"

The southern suburb of Burnsville is the Twin Cities’ sixth largest suburb and is considered a bedroom community, or commuter city, for both Minneapolis and St. Paul. With much of the city lying along the banks of the Minnesota River, Burnsville has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast. In fact, Burnsville has something for everyone: Buck Hill for the downhill skier; Alimagnet Dog Park for dog lovers; and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge for nature lovers.
Pros
  • Buck Hill
  • Alimagnet Dog Park
  • MN Valley Wildlife Refuge
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Minnesota's 5th Largest City"

I kind of think of Bloomington as the "Twin Cities Packaged in a Suburb". Nearly everything you'd want to buy, see, or do can be found here!

As a 2nd ring suburb and a population of 85,000, Bloomington is the fifth largest city in Minnesota, but of course that number does not include the 40,000,000 people who come from around the world to visit Bloomington’s famous Mall of America.

It's home to numerous company headquarters including Toro. It boasts many preserves and parks, and internationally renowned shopping, and dining... and is one of the most central and convenient areas of the Twin Cities.

If you like to travel... you'll also like the fact that the MSP International airport can be found on the city's east side.
Pros
  • Mall of America
  • Shopping Meca
  • Great Choice of Restaurants
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
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"Best Kept Secret"

I think one of the best kept secrets in Apple Valley is the MN Zoo Summer Concert Series. I've been to several shows from top artists... and the intimate setting is a great way to enjoy a warm summer night.

Apple Valley is about 20 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul and 15 minutes south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport or the Mall of America. Home to 50 recreational parks with over 60 miles of trails, a number of golf courses and the Minnesota Zoo, one of the finest year-round zoos in the nation. Voted in the Top 20 Best Places to live by CNN. For those who want suburban living with great schools and city access, Apple Valley is the perfect community to call home.
Pros
  • MN Zoo
  • Close to MOA
  • 60 Miles of Trails
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"Not Just the Outlet Mall!"

Though many people just think of the Outlet Mall and Highway 94 when they think of Albertville, the city actually has a lot more to it. A vibrant network of neighborhoods and a great school system. It is a gem on the Twin Cities northwest corner. For people who work in Plymouth or Maple Grove, Albertville can provide a small town flavor with suburban amenities at a much lower price. Take a look and see for yourself!
Pros
  • The Shopping:)
5/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
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"Gray's Bay Marina"

Gray’s Bay Public Access and Marina is located at the corner of County Road 101 South and Gray’s Bay Boulevard. The site itself is owned by the Department of Natural Resources, while the city of Minnetonka owns the fuel system, permanent docks and the building (including an office, vending, and public restrooms).

Amenities include a parking lot with 112 vehicle-with-trailer spaces and 21 vehicle-only spaces, three launch lanes and 29 permanent boat slips. Of the 21 vehicle-only spaces, 14 are reserved for boat slip holders.

The operating season is approximately April 1 to October 31, weather and ice-out dates permitting. During the season, the facility may be used 24 hours a day.
Pros
  • Lake Minnetonka Access
  • Shady Oak Lake/Beach
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
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"Landscape Arboretum Chan/Victoria"

If you've never made a trip out to the Chanhassen/Victoria area to visit the MN Landscape Arboretum... you need to add it to your bucket list!

I attended a spring wedding there last year and it was spectacular. A lot of folks forget that it's a 4-Season Destination!

There are yard and garden classes, summer day camps, Mill City farmer's market, and did we mention 1100 acres to ski, snowshoe, hike, bike... or just relax and take in the sites and smells of one of the most beautiful areas in the metro!
Pros
  • MN Landscape Arboretum
  • Ice Arena
  • Deer Run Golf Club
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
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"Up North Feel... in the Metro"

With a population of just 2,400... you'll definitely feel like you're in Northern Minnesota. Yet, you're just 12 miles from Minneapolis.

Some of my best memories include watching fireworks from 5 of the surrounding cities reflecting in the lake at Excelsior Bay!

You can boat up to several great restaurants or enjoy dinner on the docks overlooking the Lake Minnetonka. Take the kids swimming or charter a boat and enjoy the afternoon on the water.

What's not to love!?
Pros
  • Minnehaha Steam Boat
  • Minnesota Street Car Museum
  • Boat Charters
  • Dining options
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Top 5 Best Cities to Live and Work"

If you've followed the "Best Places to Live" national review... you already know that Chanhassen won the past year's award for one of the "Top 5 Cities".

There are over 34 parks, 90 miles of trails, and the beautiful 1137 acre MN Landscape Arboretum. Schools are rated good too... and recent grants for tech projects include beefed up computers and WiFi on school buses!
Pros
  • MN Landscape Arboretum
  • Great Recreation Lakes
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